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667 Ratings

Velvet Buzzsaw

Directed by Dan Gilroy
United States, 2019
Thriller, Horror, Mystery


After a series of paintings by an unknown artist are discovered, a supernatural force enacts revenge on those who have allowed their greed to get in the way of art.

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Velvet Buzzsaw Directed by Dan Gilroy
As the film’s title would suggest, Velvet Buzzsaw isn’t especially cutting – or devilish – as a satire. The art world is already quite good at satirising itself.
February 05, 2019
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I’m just going to come right out and say it: Gilroy’s third feature has the basic shape of a Scooby-Doo episode. And even if the mashup of self-consciously pretentious drama with bargain-basement scare tactics is the point of the enterprise—hybridizing genres for kicks, or more cerebrally, to point out their basic incompatibility—the results are, at best, self-defeatingly clever. At worst, they’re just boring.
February 01, 2019
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The film exudes a slick, seen-it-all glibness that’s typical of self-pleased deconstructions of Los Angeles.
January 31, 2019
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What are people saying?

  • Ghostman's rating of the film Velvet Buzzsaw

    Velvet Buzzsaw is a fun enough horror film that is best when playing its hand at satirizing the fine art world & not taking on the 'ghost' film. The cast, especially Gyllenhaal (who is undoubtedly one of America's finest living actors at this point), all understand the vicious ironic bite needed for Gilroy's evisceration of the excess & absurdity of the cold-blooded fine art world. If only the horror had as much bite

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film Velvet Buzzsaw

    A Tales from the Crypt episode with pretentions to satire, this oddly titled Velvet Buzzsaw begins like a bad parody of Bret Easton Ellis (without the wit or the bite) before eventually turning into a bad Hideo Nakata film with ridiculous horror set-pieces. I wanted more Jake G channeling Nic Cage as his art critic caricature, more haunted-art mystery, less of Z-Ashton's dreadful non-performance & stronger imagery.

  • Jason's rating of the film Velvet Buzzsaw

    Can't call BUZZSAW art world exposé or even satire. Too stale and fatuous. Can't call it properly misanthropic. It has very carefully squared off a select group to scorn then kill. It might be suggesting that art is kissing cousin to the commodities market but GREAT art is war on society. Yeah, cheers. Any fun stuff is related to proud genre silliness, and Jake Gyllenhaal has come to excel at daffy burlesque.

  • Palmat's rating of the film Velvet Buzzsaw

    A sloppy and messy movie that falters both as a horror picture and as art world satire. Despite the star studded cast the movie meanders aimlessly without urgency or aim leaving the players flailing and drowning. The narrative focus is severely off and you constantly wonder what the point of it all is. Sure the whole commerce VS art comment is loud and clear but lacks insight and bite. While at times fun, still bad.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Velvet Buzzsaw

    A horror film set in the modern art world that feels like it was made by someone with zero investment in the horror genre or the art scene. Even ace cinematographer Robert Elswit ("Inherent Vice") feels off his game here. Nearly humorless and populated by seemingly dozens of unlikable characters, "Velvet Buzzsaw" makes a strong argument that we should leave this kind of business to the James Wans of the world.

  • ig_____or's rating of the film Velvet Buzzsaw

    Pop (f)art. I really liked "Nightcrawler" and this looked so good, even with the trailer giving too much away. Sadly, the wonderful Gyllenhaal eye-candy, bitchy Collette and ruthless Russo were the only highlights in a guilty-pleasure artworld-satire that gave me way more guilt than pleasure. I could never take any of the characters seriously, so when everyone started to die I was just like... "ok then, let's go".

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film Velvet Buzzsaw

    Delightful sequences at the beginning thwarted; the possibility of an 'Art School Confidential' style postmodern satire descending into an unsurprising rote horror. At least Gyllenhaal was a lot of fun.

  • Filipe F. Coutinho's rating of the film Velvet Buzzsaw

    Dan Gilroy fought the art, and the art won la la. The issue with a genre bending film is that it needs to know what genre is bending. Velvet Buzzsaw (or Art Attack, the movie) is an amalgamation of ideas across several genres, unfortunately lacking the emotional resonance to be true to any of them. Gilroy’s film’s loud, abrasive, debaucherous, yet ineffective. It barks, but doesn’t bite.

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